Carolyn Jercinovich

MA Counseling, specialization in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Hometown

Fallbrook, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

What do you hope to do with your degree and credential, and why?

Upon my graduation from SOLES, I plan on dedicating my career to being a high school counselor. The future I envision for myself is one in which I have the opportunity to foster the happiness and well-being of students and, hopefully, make a lasting impact on their lives.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I first heard about SOLES when I was searching for schools in California that offer graduate programs in school counseling. I eventually chose to continue my education here because every experience and interaction I had with SOLES stood out to me as exceptional. While interviews are typically very nerve-wracking for me, this one was actually really enjoyable and I walked away from it being able to picture myself as a part of this program. The faculty and current students I met that day were incredibly welcoming and made me feel as though it was just as important that SOLES be a good fit for me as it was that I be a good fit for the program.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

I completed my practicum at PRIDE Academy, which gave me experience in working with both elementary and middle school students. I was given my own caseload of students to meet with one-on-one, facilitated guidance lessons to a variety of classes, observed the instructional and management styles of multiple teachers and received invaluable feedback from my supervisor and my classmates. My time at PRIDE challenged me to grow in my creativity and counseling skills and did so in an environment in which I always felt incredibly supported. My site very quickly made me feel like a member of the school community, which gave me a really exciting glance into my future as a counselor.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

My favorite class thus far has been Human Development, which I took during Intercession of my first year. Learning how people develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally throughout their lifespan was incredibly eye-opening for me and will definitely influence the ways I approach communicating and working with students of different ages. Dr. Cameron made the class really enjoyable and relatable by having us explore our own development and how that has shaped us into the people that we are today. I learned so much about myself and my future students, and it was a class that I will remember throughout my career.